PNS Daily Newscast - February 27, 2020 

Trump puts Pence in charge of coronavirus response; and lingering concerns about U.S. Census participation.

2020Talks - February 27, 2020 

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn endorsed former VP Joe Biden, ahead of South Carolina's primaries. Super Tuesday states, including North Carolina, are also voting soon, but campaigning there is different.

Public News Service - NY: Public Lands/Wilderness

PHOTO: Dryden, NYs mostly rural landscape can be protected from oil and gas drilling and fracking by local land use ordinances, according to a ruling by a NY Appeals Court Thursday. Courtesy Town of Dryden.

ALBANY, N.Y. – A New York Appeals Court has ruled in favor of two upstate towns, Dryden and Middlefield, saying a lower court was right in upholding bans the towns placed on fracking – or the fracturing of underground shale rock to extract natural gas. Dryden passed a zoning ordinance

PHOTO: Dryden, a town of 14,500 near Ithaca, is watching an appeal of a ruling that it had the right to ban fracking for natural gas. Courtesy Town of Dryden

DRYDEN, N.Y. - Do towns and municipalities have a say over whether their land can be used for fracking (extracting oil and natural gas from underground shale formations)? That question will be argued in two cases before a New York appeals court today - one involving Dryden, the other Middlefield.

Oil Drilling critics worry as climatologists predict more frequent, severe

NEW YORK - Critics of fracking for natural gas say future "superstorms" like Sandy could wreak havoc at drilling sites if New York approves the controversial procedure. Many climate experts say the forecast is for more frequent and more severe weather events like the one that hammered the eastern U.

Truck usage at a typical fracking site. Photo courtesy U.S.D.O.I.

DRYDEN, N.Y. - It's been one year since the town board of Dryden, a rural community near Ithaca with a population of 14,000, passed a zoning ordinance prohibiting oil and gas drilling, including hydraulic fracturing, so-called fracking. While they await the appeal of a lawsuit by an oil and gas comp

Boreas Ponds, in the town of North Hudson, which will provide recreational opportunities to the public after it transfers to state ownership.  Carl Heilman II<br />

LONG LAKE, N.Y. - Can tree-huggers and job creators get along in New York's Adirondack Mountains? The Nature Conservancy believes so, and is preserving forestland in ways that can help local communities save and create jobs. This month, the group sold a parcel of forestland to the town of Long Lake

ALBANY, N.Y. - As New York considers the pros and cons of allowing hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - for natural gas exploration, a new study looks at its potential impact on the state's forests, which are crucial to clean water. The report, by the Nature Conservancy, considers the potential cumu

NEW YORK - Love wasn't the only thing in the air on Valentines Day. Soot, smoke and other airborne particles are the target of a lawsuit which parallels one filed a few days ago by New York's attorney general and his colleagues in 10 other states. The American Lung Association and the National Park

MEREDITH, N.Y. - President Obama got bipartisan applause during his State of the Union address when he called for an all-out clean-energy initiative. But a new film serves as a cautionary tale. Like many of her neighbors in Meredith, a small town near Oneonta, filmmaker Laura Israel was thrilled to

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